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. this morning, target libya. u.s. and european forces pound libya overnight. taking out key targets at the u.s. gets embroiled in a new overseas conflict. now moammar gadhafi is surrounding key sites with women and children to create a human shield. how involved will the u.s. get? >>> hope and fear. nine days after the tsunami, an incredible rescue. an 80-year-old woman and a teenage boy found alive. but then, there's this. the drinking water in tokyo, now tainted with radiation. >>> fall from grace. he was the most famous bear in the world. knut the polar bear has died at the young age of 4. how did he go from the top of the world to this tragic end? >>> and bullied no more. this is the video giving hope to underdogs all over the world. this boy body-slams his bully. this morning, he's telling his story. what made him snap? >>> good morning. the u.s. is now involved in its third overseas conflict. this one is called operation odyssey dawn. and throughout the night, we saw images like these. u.s. and british ships and submarines launches missiles at libyan targets to establish a no-fly zone ov
on the u.s. for more help. the non-stop battle. >>> japan's newest heroes, firefighters volunteering to fight the nuclear monster. >>> good morning. we begin with breaking news in the middle east. the u.s. and allies are preparing for a military strike against the government of moammar gadhafi. >> it comes after a vote from the u.n. security council to protect civilians at all costs. good morning, emily. >> reporter: good morning to you. for weeks now, the world condemned moammar gadhafi's people. now this puts force behind the words. four decades of moammar gadhafi's rule are challenged with a vote. >> translator: ten votes in favor. zero votes against. >> reporter: the u.n. security council voted a no-fly zone to protect rebels. >> this resolution demands an immediate cease-fire and an end to violence and attacks to civilians. >> reporter: this comes weeks after rebel resis tense. gadhafi said attacks are imminent. he said we are coming. we are looking for the traitors and should have no mercy or c e compassi compassion. gadhafi's son said his family is not afraid. >> what is your
>>> tonight on "world news," question sell it? president obama tells americans why he is risking u.s. fighters and all those billions of dollars in libya. >>> women versus walmart. the nation's biggest employer heads to a showdown in the nation's top court and the subject is sex discrimination. >>> curing diabetes? could surgery -- look at this woman before and now this woman after. could surgery work for 14 million obese americans with type ii of the disease. >>> and seven years old and sexy? a big company selling push-up bikinis for little girls as a lot of americans are wising up today to say it's time to draw the line. >>> good evening and thank you for joining us this monday. in less than one hour the president will take to the airwaves to try to convince americans that it was the right decision for the u.s. to be part of the allied fight in libya. a third battle front for the united states. with a lot of military force on the line and costing possibly billions. our jake tapper is standing by in the hall where the president is about to arrive at the national defense university i
tonight, the u.s. navy is now racing to the rescue in japan. where there is word that electricity is about to return to the fukushima nuclear plant, and the u.s. is flying in five giant pumps from a navy base in nagasaki. they are pumps that can deliver enormous amounts of water, as we watched today the helicopters trying to spray water, but to no avail. our reporters are out in force on the story tonight. and we will go to japan in a moment. but first, martha raddatz who has been talking all day to the u.s. officials who are now helping the japanese. >> reporter: diane, every day, the nuclear monster seems to get more frightening. but there is some hope tonight from that big u.s. push to send in water pumps. this coming after last ditch etch forts by the japanese failed. one expert told us it's like using a squirt gun to put out a forest fire. japanese fire trucks using riot control water hoses to tackle red hot nuclear reactors. helicopters swooping overhead, dropping bucket after bucket. every effort falling short. but here is the encouraging news. japanese plant operators have connecte
gadhafi. we spoke to people on the streets there. they're thankful to countries likes the u.s. and france. they believe this will eventually lead to a free libya. there's a period of insurgency. this is the scary part because of how illogical gadhafi is and because of what he called his thirst for blood. >> alex, thanks. let's go to the capital of tripoli again. allen little, of the bbc is there. he joins us live. you heard the mood in benghazi. what do you think the next move is in tripoli? how are they portraying it there? >> reporter: well, finding colonel gadhafi. it's not hard to find people around the city here echoing the sentiments. people saying they're willing to die along with the colonel if it comes to that. there's though doubting the sincerity. their devotion gets more intense. the more isolated he becomes from the world. how represent sif that voice? no other voice can make itself heard here in the prevailing atmosphere in which patriotism is fused can devotion for the person of gadhafi himself. what of the people that don't take part in the demonstrations? what do they fee
the japanese government has reached out to the iaea, the international atomic agency and the u.s. determined here in a desperate race to avoid a catastrophic meltdown. entire families escaped the shadow of the doomed nuclear power reactors are coming here worried they were exposed to radiation. we were given extraordinary access to the test sites where medical teams used megaphones to direct the parents and children where to go. they're using geiggar counters and hand held scanners checking everyone one by one especially the most vulnerable, the children scanning this little girl's hair and there are countless faces here. there are three nuclear reactors at what is called the fukushima daiichi plant. just two days ago an explosion at reactor one released radioactive material into the air and yesterday a second blast at three releasing more and while dramatic these are not the worst case scenarios. tonight there is growing concern over reactor number two becoming dangerously overheated. inside each of those buildings it's a fiery hot nuclear core. inside a small structure. cool water must be
of the skies. so what's next for u.s. forces and what will gadhafi do now? >>> radiation in food from japan. >> fukushima fresh vegetables. >> we do our own tests. >>> and an american family after ten days of hope learns their daughter was lost trying to save others. >>> men, women and jobs. which sex is getting 90% of the new jobs and why? >>> and sibling secrets. are you an older or younger sibling? news by which order gives you an edge in health and happiness. >>> good evening, as we come on the air tonight beginning this week together the united states is still in the middle of an international assault on moammar gadhafi's libya. but the battle is moving at breakneck speed. it is called "operation odyssey dawn" and as of tonight the skies are clear. gadhafi's forces have come to a halt though there are still big questions. how soon can the u.s. hand over the lead to other countries? who are these libyan rebels and are we even on the same side? and what is next? will gadhafi fold or could this go on for years? we have team coverage from washington to libya beginning with martha raddatz o
gadhafi, telling him pull back, or the british, the u.s., the french, the arabs will all move in. >> let me be clear. these terms are not negotiable. >>> inside hell. for the first time, word from the workers trapped inside those nuclear reactors when the earthquake hit. and tonight, the head of that plant breaks down in front of the cameras. >>> prince william speaking out and sharing what his grandmother told him about getting through the tough times. >>> and, every day hero. how one man took one failing school and changed the future of all these kids in just five words. he's our "person of the week." >>> good evening. for one week now, we have been focused on the dangerous unknowns of the nuclear crisis in japan. but tonight, we begin with the unpredictable and dangerous mind of moammar gadhafi. today, president obama told americans that u.s. forces may be called into military action once again, this time, against gadhafi. joining other countries frying to keep the dictator from savaging his own people. don't, we set out to answer three big questions. will other countries like england
still at war in iraq and afghanistan. the u.s. has now joined a third battlefront, firing missiles into another nation, libya. a coalition of 21 countries trying to stop moammar gadhafi from waging war on his own people. before the ataturk there were images of a plane brought down, not sure how, as gadhafi forces continue to defend the rebel stronghold. what is at risk for the united states tonight and what happens next? our team has been reporting on the big events all day, and we'll begin with martha raddatz in washington. >> we're getting the first pictures of one of the tomahawk missiles being launched from a u.s. ship. there's no question we're at war once again and the u.s. for now is in the lead. the first vowlley of missiles a wither attack. more than 110 missiles launched from mostly u.s. ships and submarines, pounded the libyan missile sietsz. the missiles were fired from 500 miles away in the mediterranean sea after 2:00 p.m. eastern time, hitting libyan soil hours later. >> the targets themselves were selected on a selective assessment that decides either that pose a di
was recovering from back surgery. >>> and in and out latest developments out of japan tonight. the u.s. said it could take weeks to bring the japanese nuclear complex under control. but there's no danger from leaking radiation to the western united states or specific territories right now. u.s. officials are defending their 50-mile evacuation zone for american troops and citizens in japan. the first evacuation flight of u.s. citizens left japan this afternoon. >>> a group of pastors in georgia are making a pretty big sacrifice for lent. the men are not just giving up red meat, they are eating easy to ship rice and protein based food. pastor nathaniel long has been appalled to what those give in a disaster. >> most of the time you collect foods for disasters and as a pastor, i'm appalled that folks are getting stuff that they don't want to eat. >> you start taking smaller and smaller bites trying to make it last longer. a cup and a half doesn't look like much, but it fills you up. >> pastors have been on this for five days. the real goal is to help others. the men want to spread awareness a
. but as president obama leads the u.s. into a third war in a muslim country, many wonder who exactly are we fighting for? we'll take you on a journey to a rebel stronghold for answers. >>> nuclear reality check. it's in the air, it's in the food, it's in the ocean. the fallout from japan's atomic catastrophe. do we know how far the radiation is spreading? what you need to know. >>> and the best kiss. this one was good. that one wasn't bad but no two hollywood smooches are alike. what was the greatest of all, the results next. >>> good evening, i'm bill weir. missiles and muzzle fire are lighting up the north african sky tonight as america and her allies continue to destroy the defenses of moammar gadhafi. the mission, according to president obama, was to stop the libyan dictate they are slaughtering more of his own people, but getting rid of gadhafi, not our job. for the moment, that task is still in the hands of a ragged group of rebels, and with more american blood and treasure on the line alexander markardt set out to find out. >> reporter: hundreds of cruise missile attacks against military post
will the u.s. lead the quest to crush gadhafi's forces? >>> severe spring weather. one of california's biggest rainmakers ever. spawning blizzards and tornadoes across the country. >>> and dancing debut. kirstie alley, even the karate kid, begin their quest for the mirrorball trophy. >>> good morning. the no-fly zone in libya appears easier to enforce this morning after another round of military might. >> here, now, are the latest developments from libya. u.s.-led air strikes lit up the skies over tripoli for a third night. >> but the american military commanders are looking to hand over control of this operation as soon as possible. >> president obama says, while moammar gadhafi needs to go, the libyan leader is not the target of the air strikes. emily schmidt begins our coverage this morning in washington. good morning, emily. >> reporter: rob and peggy, good morning to you. moammar gadhafi has kept an uncharacteristically low profile the past couple of days. no signs of him amidst all the signs of an expanding no-fly zone. for yet another day, coalition forces are targeting libya.
>>> tonight on "nightline," another war? breaking news. the u.s. and its allies prepare to intervene in the bloody war in libya, after the u.n. authorizing military action against colonel gadhafi's forces. and, in a worldwide exclusive, gadhafi's son saif talks from tripoli tonight to christiane amanpour. >>> plus, nuclear code red. we have the latest on the desperate efforts of the japanese to stop a deadly chain of events from turning into an all-out nuclear catastrophe. are they at the point of no return? >>> and, theinconvenient truth. the race to cool the fuel rods getting dangerously hot. and what scientists fear can happen if that race is lost. >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran, cynthia mcfadenden and bill weir in new york city, this is "nightline," march 17th, 2011. >> good evening, i'm cynthia mcfadden. we begin tonight in libya, where the u.s. and its allies appear poised to take military action on the heels of a u.n. resolution earlier this evening, imposing a no-fly zone over the country and authorizing, quote, all necessar
as u.s. and european countries continue pounding targets across -- targets across lib yeah. linda so is standing -- libya. linda so is standing by with the latest. >> reporter: he is vowing to fight long war but there's a strong message that he is not safe. u.s. and allied forces struck his compound just yards from his tent. the u.s. says he was not a target but the goal was to take out his military capabilities. it's unclear where he was during the attack. this is the second day of air strikes. international force pound the targets with cruise missiles stealth bombers and fighter jets. the u.s. says a no-fly zone is in place and will hand over control of the military operation to a european or nato led coalition in days. >> we will continue to support the coalition. we will be a member of the coalition. we will have a military role in the coalition. but we will not have the preeminent role. >> reporter: a u.s. official says he is not sure how long this military effort in libya will last or if qaddafi will step down. if you go to abc2news.com, we have posted the latest on the main pa
that are coming in from people in japan and also in the u.s. the u.s. may be sending in a special nuclear team made up of hundreds of nuclear military and civilians trained specifically for nuclear emergencies. then we take you to north carolina where there is a business owner pitching in to help. troy jones is his name. he is the founder of a business. the company sells potassium iodide pills. that can protect against certain types of cancers caused by radiation. the online company has donated 50,000 of its pills to a hospital in tokyo. >>> and a japanese nuclear meltdown has americans asking, are u.s. nuclear power plants safe? so does the u.s. nuclear industries. they want to know. they say they are safe. >> we will make sure that the reactors in this country which are already safe can't be worse. >> the obama administration has a plan to build new nuclear plants. with japan facing three nuclear meltdowns, that will likely see the scrutiny on the hill unlike the u.s. germany all reconsidering its entire nuclear program right now. now we want to take a look at new video out of japan. it's sh
week." u.s. and allied bombs and missiles hammer libyan targets. the rebels gain ground. and the president prepares to make his pitch to the american people. >> it's u.s. policy that gadhafi needs to go. >> what if gadhafi stays? just back from the middle east, robert gates and hillary clinton come to "this week" for their first interviews since the attacks began to make the president's case. what does victory look like? kit be achieved? at what cost? >>> then -- >> i don't have any regrets at all. >> what would donald rumsfeld do in a third war. and he'll respond to critics who say he's been rewriting history. >>> and george will and the "roundtable" will talk to us. why is one hopeful having a tough time agreeing with himself. >> announcer: live from the newseum. >>> some major developments in libya. rebel forces have scored a key victory taking back the oil town of brega in theest. they continue the push west. abc's alex marquardt is in benghazi. what is the mood there? >> reporter: a lot of gun fire and horn honking. a quick advance toward the west was expected follo
to threaten people there. the japanese government has reached out to the u.s. for nuclear advice. so, eight more experts from the nuclear regulatory commission are now on their way to japan to try to help. rob and peggy? >> emily schmidt, thank you for that report. >>> and japanese officials dealing with the nuclear crisis are, quote, freaked out. that's according to one u.s. counterpart. >> that's putting it mildly. abc's akiko fujita joins us from narita, japan. so, how are the japanese people dealing with news of the leak? >> reporter: what we're seeing out in the stores is any indication, not dealing with it very well. we've heard of panic buying, even in tokyo, which you just heard is 170 miles south of the reactor. we have heard reports of stores being sold out of radios, flashlights, candles, fuel cans. essentially any emergency materials. we've also heard of grocery stores, their shelves being cleared. keep in mind that food and water was already in short supply immediately after the quake hit. people went out to the stores to stock up. now, with reports of the explosion today, peop
. the warnings have been issued for at least 20 countries including the u.s. west coast. >>> good morning i am sherrie johnson. we have team coverage and live reports from around the u.s. and the world this morning. we kick things off with abc's emily schmidt live in washington with how white house officials are responding. >> reporter: the earthquake lasted second but the catastrophe continues to spread. there are tsunami warnings stretching across the a sick and waves are hitting hawaii right now. largest quake in japan's history shook a nation. and triggered tsunami waves that threatened the u.s. west coast. forcing evacuations in hawaii. >> it's time for a little aloha and a little you keep it simple and sensible and moving. >> reporter: cameras capture the moment the earthquake hit in japan. for lawmakers gathered for government, the newsroom shaken up by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake. the quake set off huge fires including this oil refinery north of tokyo. workers evacuated high rises and filled the streets. millions are without power after the deadly quake. one woman said i thought i was
forces. >> reporter: the white house officials say that the u.s. expects to transfer the control to the u.s. commander to another coalition leader coming up. >>> and now, let's get caught up from japan. workers are struggling to bring the nuclear plant under control. the u.s. commission said they may be getting closer. jamie costello has the latest. >> reporter: crews from the plant continue to work to restore electricity to the cooling system. >> reporter: it appears that japan caught a break earlier today. >> the source of the smoke is unknown. there's no increase in temperature and radioactivity. >> reporter: there's progress. high voltage power is reconnected making it possible to restart the cooling system. the job of preventing another meltdown is far from over. >> it continues to be very serious. >> reporter: more than 13,000 are reported missing since the earthquake and tsunami 11 days ago. this man discovered the body of his wife. >> at least the body is found. >> reporter: he's still looking for his spouse. she believes her husband is safe somewhere, but she's afraid he could be s
are in the city. it could spark intervention from the u.s. and its allies within hours. and david kerley is with the president, who is beginning a trip to latin america in brazil. good morning, david? >> reporter: the president is in brazil now. waiting to see if the unpredictable moammar gadhafi heeds his warning. and that letter that you mentioned, calling the u.n. resolution invalid. and his forces continue to strike at the rebels in the east. this morning, a striking image. a libyan fighter plane, shot down by rebel forces battling moammar gadhafi. the libyan leader had reportedly been bombing the rebels inside his country, despite president obama's stark warning just 12 hours earlier. >> a cease-fire must be implemented immediately. let me be clear. these terms are not negotiable. >> reporter: within hours of that statement, gadhafi's government scrambled, saying it's declared a cease-fire. but this morning, the fighting continues. and there's new questions about if and when the united states and its allies will have to enforce a cease-fire. so, the allies are preparing to establish
>>> breaking news this thursday morning. >> getting out. overnight, the u.s. government announces plans to airlift americans from danger. >> it's because of the critical situation at the devastated nuclear plant. workers on a race against time before radiation spreads. but one expert tells abc news, it's almost too late. >>> and good morning, everyone. i'm mike marusarz, in for rob nelson. >> and i'm peggy bunker. despite little radiation risk in most of japan, this morning, there's a race to leave the country. >> for the first time, the u.s. has authorized the evacuation of family members of american diplomats. charter planes are being used to fly americans away from danger. >> and the u.s. is pressuring japan to step up its efforts to avert a nuclear meltdown. they dropped sea water on the crippled reactors today. a heroic step, since the pilots are risking their lives to complete that mission. >> and the tokyo stock market, dropping once again. >>> it was a night of high-level phone calls over the nuclear crisis, as president obama spoke to the japanese prime minister. >> while
>>> making news in america this morning. >> president obama gets ready to make his case for t u.s. role in libya. today's speech to the nation comes as libyan rebels go on the offensive. >>> japan rattled by another earthquake as the credibility gap widens in confusing statements about that criminalled nuclear plant. >>> and back here at home the final four bound. virginia commonwealth gets ready for another wild week after another march madness stunner. >>> good morning. we begin with libya where rebel forces are advancing on the capital tripoli this morning. >> and there's an unconfirmed report they've already taken moammar gadhafi's hometown which is a government stronghold, the rebels are benefitting from the air strikes by the international coalition. >> and tonight, president obama tells the american people why the u.s. thread effort. abc's emily schmidt joins us with more. good morning. >> reporter: peggy and rob good morning to you. this is now day ten of the no-fly zone over libya. president obama plans to address the nation tonight about libya. he's expected to say the u
will be allowed to continue. the u.s. supreme court ruled the church is protected under the first amendment. the sting of that decision felt right here in maryland. we have the response from a father who fought the westboro baptist church to the highest court in honor of his son, a u.s. marine killed in iraq. >> today marks the fifth anniversary that matthew snyder was killed in iraq. it's a difficult day for his dad only made harder by yesterday's supreme court ruling. this legal fight began about five years ago when members of the westboro baptist church showed up at the funeral of al snyder's son. matthew was killed in iraq. church members shoutedded their hateful message that matthew died because of this country's acceptance of homosexuality. the supreme court ruled the first amendment protects westboro baptist church's right to protest which now means the church has a license to picket funerals no matter how hurtful their message is. a member of that church says the ruling will intensify their picketing. al snyder says the most painful part is he'll have to pay westboro baptist church
low levels of radiation were detected on a u.s. navy ship more than 200 miles south of the nuclear facility. this as search and rescue continues in earnest, trapped four days this man rescued, one of the hardest hit areas. another team freed a 70-year-old woman found in her home, washed away by the tsunami. rare stories of success amid reports the official death toll topped 3,000. another scary moment earlier today, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit. we'll be monitoring the situation. diane sawyer will be live at 6:30 on "world news tonight." >>> while the situation is critical in japan experts say there are things that can be done to minimize exposure. as authorities scramble to contain reactor damage experts say science has seven ways now to treat exposure. abc's dr. richard besser talks about some possible treatment. >> reporter: eyeo dine is a very important prevention measure for radiation exposure. the reason is your thyroid gland uses iodine to make thyroid hormone, regulates a lot of functions. one of the radioactive elements released early from a plant is radioactive iodine.
to one u.s. official, the new focus is on reactors three and four, where old spent fuel rods are in danger of over heating and releasing plumes of radioactive activity. >> it is dangerous than the meltdown, because there's more radiation in an unguarded fuel pond. >> old fuel, it actually is more dangerous than the meltdown. its radiation in an unguarded spent fuel pond, but a full scale meltdown remains a possibility. at reactor three, the 5-foot container of concrete and steel around the vessel is damaged. all u.s. citizens in japan should continue to carefully monitor the situation and follow the guidance of the u.s. and japanese governments. >> according to the official, this morning's mission to cool the reactors with military helicopters, dumping buckets of water has failed. the japanese plan is to restart with a power line. american officials fear they may not work. which is why the u.s. is sending its own high pressured pumps in. 180 workers, all at great risk to their lives are being rotated in and out of the danger zone. outside, thousands are being evacuated. >>
arranged by u.s. embassy left friday morning. there is a bus on its way from sendai to tokyo right now and many will also be taking those charter flights back to the u.s. it's the first wave of american citizens who will be making their way back home out of concern for uncertainty of the nuclear threat on the ground. all of the focus on the nuclear reactor, though, has overshadowed a humanitarian crisis that continues to unfold to the north of us. the death toll now stands at more than 6,000, more than 10,000 still missing. and we're hearing some evacuation centers are still waiting for supplies a week after the earthquake hit. >> and, akiko, one of the factors of this story many people continue to worry about are the workers there around the plant, in the plant. what is the latest on them? >> reporter: well, we are learning more about the operation that's under way. we understand there's about 20 0 to 300 workers involved in this last-ditch effort. they're rotating about 50 workers at a time. we know they're sleeping in a small living room. they are running out of food. we have not le
for the u.s. to hand over a huge part of that bold operation over libya. and tonight, an abc news exclusive. martha raddatz with extraordinary access. behind me, you're looking at the "usskearsarge." martha spending hours on board with the american commander. tonight, the latest on these new u.s. plans to hand over partial control and she has ne details about the rescue of those u.s. pilots ejecting from 22,000 feet and tough questions for the commander. will this operation be a success in the end? martha landed back at a u.s. base in italy just a short time ago and has the latest. >> reporter: good evening, david. there are a lot of details to be worked out about that nato plan, but we did spend a remarkable day jumping from warship to warship with the man currently in charge. general carter ham took charge of africa command on march 9th. ten days later, he was at war. and now, he is here, in the middle of the fight, touring the u.s. warships off the coast in libya. he brought the sailors and marines some encouragement from their commander in chief -- >> he said, how are the attacks going?
>>> making news this thursday morning. >> u.s. troops targeted. killed at an airport by a man shouting in arabic. was it a terrorist act? >>> tales of abuse from a 90-year-old legend. mickey rooney's emotional testimony about a growing problem. >>> and sheen's saga. new tweets from the star overnight. >>> and good morning, everyone. i'm mike marusarz, in for rob nelson. >> and i'm peggy bunker. german investigators say the frankfurt airport shooting that left two u.s. airmen dead may have been a terrorist attack. >> the german and the u.s. governments are now vowing that those responsible will be brought to justice. emily schmidt joins us now from washington with the latest. good morning, emily. >> reporter: mike and peggy, good morning to you. we're waiting to learn the names of the two airmen who were killed in the attack. the military says they were about to be deployed to support an overseas mission. instead, they died in a place where few would have expected danger. the attack happened just outside the international terminals in frankfurt. at least a dozen air force secur
. >>> and now, we turn to the u.s. fighting forces in libya. and the strongest signal sent today by president obama that is u.s. is ready to turn the lead over to other nations. jake tapper is tackling the issue of does that mean united states troops will be out of harm's way? jake? >> reporter: speaker of the house john boehner sent a letter to president obama demanding to know when the u.s. is going to hand over command and control to that international coalition. the truth is, diane, the white house does not have an answer. they'd like to do it by the end of this week, but it's unclear that will happen. president obama is quiet eager to hand over command and control to the international coalition. >> the exit strategy will be executed this week, in the sense that we will be pulling back from our much more active efforts to shape the environment. we'll still be in a support role. >> reporter: that support role, supplying, jamming, intelligence, is not an exit strategy. it's still a huge commitment, though it would be significantly less than this initial phase in which the u.s. is carrying t
. sky scrapers built on springs. it was still devastating. today, scientists in the u.s. say we're unprepared. >> a number of cities are at risk. boston, new york city, charlesson. >> reporter: it's not just california. the most dangerous zone is in the middle of the country. the last big one here was in 1895. and when, not if, when it happens, millions will be left homeless. >> it's a hard, cold slap slab that allows the energy to travel. in california, energy dissipates quicker. >> reporter: jerry is a geologist in memphis. he shows us cities that would not make it. >> in areas that may receive the most damage, you would expect that those fire department buildings may not be operational. >> reporter: the scientists suggest we test early warning systems. they are pushing for more aggressive building codes. and new rules to reinforce our oldest buildings. >> the you look at haiti, chile, christchurch and how to japan, the question would why aren't we getting ready. >> reporter: they're hoping that everyone takes them seriously. >> thanks, steve. >>> as the country weighs how to
house says u.s. citizens in japan should listen to the u.s. and not japan when it comes to evacuation plans. we are going to have up to the second information for you next. >> weatherwise today in maryland we hit 58th street. we are already above average today. warmer weather on the way tomorrow. we were within 2 degrees. susie out about them, you are our winner. we are back with your winning forecast right after this. this week, make pasta night more exciting for your family with a little help from the italian sausage experts: try... since 1945, this delicious italian sausage has been made with only the most premium cuts of pork and unique blends of quality herbs and spices you can actually see. and the taste? why not let the empty plates speak for themselves. make pasta night a weekly dinner your family looks forward to. choose johnsonville, america's favorite italian sausage. brand power. helping you buy better. >> only on abc2 news, we have the morgan pears, smokey the bear, and look at all of these bears and cubs at deep creek lake. it's like most of us during march madness. it's
leader qaddafi says he will do whatever it takes to stay in control. even as u.s. and european forces continue to pound targets across libya. linda so is standing by with the latest. >> reporter: well, qaddafi is vowing to fight a long war. but the latest offense sigh sending a strong message that -- offensive is sending a strong message that he is not safe they struck his compound yards from his tent. the u.s. says he was not a target rather the goal was to take out his military capabilities. it's unclear whether qaddafi was-- where qaddafi was during the attack. this is the second day of air strikes. u.s. and allied forces pounded targets across libya with cruise missiles and stealth bombers and fighter jets. u.s. says a no-fly zone is in place and insist it will hand over control to european or nato led coalitions in a matter of days. >> we will continue to support the colation and be a member of the coalition. we will have a military role but we will not have the preeminent role. >> reporter: a u.s. official says he is not sure how long the offense will last or if qaddafi will ste
. how long will this operation last? how long will the u.s. play a leading role? and will gadhafi himself become a target? our team is on it again tonight. leading it off is martha raddatz. >> u.s. military attack on libya have been intensified in the last 24 hours. targeting not just gadhafi's air defenses but his troops and war planes as well. throughout tonight and into the dawn, u.s. war planes including marine corps jets launched from u.s. jets in the med and air force fighter jets took aim at gadhafi's troopsed a vancing from the southwest to benghazi. >> benghazi is not completely safe from attack. we believe his forces are under significant stress and suffering from both confusion -- >> while they were pounding his forces in the east, three b-2 stealth bombers dropped 45 2,000-pound bombs near the airfield. striking multiple shelters. these are images before the strike and this is the after math. the b-2s which haven't been used in combat for eight years, traveled all of the way from missouri, refueled in the air, dropped their bombs 90,000 pounds of them all. in addition,
. the stages ground for u.s. and other international help rushing in. the government is concerned about a second meltdown at a second reactioner and a possible explosion there. it's playing down the idea of leakageradiation. my team and i went to the north where most devastation has been. my colleagues have reached some of the worst hit areas. we'll have haul that in the broadcast. >>> later, jake tapper, my colleague lrks turn to the news washington. president, and the united states administration is not only having to monitor this international crisis but also the civil war in libya. and as well, a bitter budget battle on capitol hill. but the first, the situation here in japan. let's look at map of the country. the earthquake struck just off the coast of japan. it sent strong tremors at least 200 miles from the epicenter. the tsunami wave destroyed and damaged two-thirds of the east coast of this island nation. and now, government officials north here in the miyagi prefecture say there could be 10,000 people dead in at the one place alone. the government is calling on all people here
leader's compound overnight. u.s. firepower on display. but for how much longer? >>> radiation risk. spreading now to food and water. but at the devastated plant, some improvements to report today. >>> and the megamerger, set to affect millions of cell phone users. what would an at&t takeover of t-mobile mean for your monthly bill? >>> and good morning, everyone. thanks for being with us today. the u.s.-led coalition is not quite ready to say mission accomplished this morning, even after a weekend of pounding attacks that virtually crippled libya's defenses. >> allied leaders insist gadhafi is not the target of the assault. but a cruise missile did plow into a buildening on his residential compound. >> after that all, what is next? emily schmidt joins us with the latest. good morning, emily. >> reporter: good morning to you. u.s. war planes led most of the assault on libya over the weekend, including 90 tons of bombs dropped by b-2 bombers that were flown in from missouri. but the pentagon says it expects to hand over control of the operation to allies in a matter of days. libya's m
, whether the u.s. should help the rebels by providing them with weapons. emily schmidt has the latest. good morning, emily. >> reporter: good morning to you. president obama says he is looking at all options to support the rebels. but when members of the international diplomatic community met in london and had a chance to talk about it, one member said the talk of arming rebels didn't come up. with nato set to take command of military operation, president obama says moammar gadhafi is feeling the pressure. >> the circle around gadhafi understands that the noose is tightening. their days are probably numbered. >> reporter: diplomats from more than three dozen countries met in london yesterday, to discuss libya in a potential post-gadhafi era. >> we must help people plan for their future after the conflict is over. >> reporter: but forces loyal to gadhafi are pushing back rebels from ground they just gained. diplomats say they did not discuss arming the rebels. though, the idea is up for debate. >> there could be a legitimate transfer of arms if i country would choose to do that. >> we are th
sown in the u.s., right now. >>> good evening. not long ago, a cancer diagnosis felt like a death sentence. not anymore. huge numbers of americans, hundreds of thousands more each year, are surviving and living with cancer. numbers just released from the centers of disease control show that 1 in 20 american adults is now a cancer survivor, almost 12 million of us. we are catching cancer earlier and treating it more effectively, and ron claiborne is here with what it all means. this is such encouraging news. >> reporter: this is really important news tonight, george. so many people are now living with and beating cancer. four times as many as 40 years ago. in fact, the cdc said today that for millions of americans, cancer is now a manageable disease. >> reporter: they send us their videos. poignant messages celebrating their struggle against cancer. and more and more americans are winning the fight. the centers for disease control says as of 2007, nearly 12 million adult americans were cancer survivors, people living with cancer or who've beaten the disease, compared to just 3 mill
harmful than radiation in the air. here in the u.s., border agents. >> they picked up radioactive blueberries coming from russia. that system is now in place, screening over 99% of our food that comes in here. i think it's safe. >> reporter: the carrier "uss george washington" moved out of tokyo bay last week was moved further off the coast out of concern it could be exposed to too much radiation. >> t.j. winick, thank you. >>> back here in the united states, hundreds of home near denver are being threatened by wildfires burning in nearly perfect conditions. flames are being pushed by winds up to 40 miles an hour. there's plenty of dry vegetation, also very low humidity. one official even called it, quote, a recipe for a fire disaster. more crews are being added to the effort today. >>> meanwhile, salvage cruise near san francisco are trying to round up more than a dozen sailboats that washed ashore there. the boats got stuck on rocks and beaches after breaking from their morings over the weekend. cruise inspecting the boats say most will probably have to be scrapped. the coast gu
there for the u.s. dollars is $32 a bulb. >> we were inspired. we both designed a bulb and installed them here. let's see how they >>> this morning on "world news now" -- breaking news. the nuclear threat in japan forces president obama to begin american evacuations. >> and because of a meltdown risk, families of u.s. embassy employees in japan are being urged to get out. it's thursday, march 17th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> and good morning, everyone, i'm mike marusarz in for rob nelson. >> i'm peggy bunker. that late development about evacuations of u.s. embassy families comes as a japanese military takes desperate steps to avoid a nuclear meltdown. can choppers with water make any difference? >>> also ahead, tough questions about nuclear safety here in the u.s. as the president stands by his plans to build more plants. >>> also, one very personal fund-raiser for tsunami and earthquake survivors in japan. a little girl's successful plan to sell her toys in order to raise money. a very sweet story. >> it is a sweet story. >>> we begin with that urgent action to
in the u.s. customers can expect better coverage. and also fewer pricing plans. >> let's hope. >> let's hope so. >>> here's your monday forecast, everybody. have some heavy rain in southern california. showers in san francisco, portland and seattle. another 2 feet of snow in the sierra range and a foot in the southern rockies. showers from the upper midwest to the ohio valley. a wintry mix in northern new england and rain here in new york and in philly. >>> 70s from dallas and miami. 64 in omaha. 60s from billings to salt lake city. near 70 in phoenix. >>> well, it was a stunning close encounter that was simply out of this world. >> pretty cool. i don't know if anybody saw this around here. take a look at this. it looked to the heavens saturday night. you were probably treated to a full moon like none other. scientists call this a super moon because it came so close to the earth. the closest it's come in nearly two decades. >> after the super moon rose in the east it appeared 14% larger and 30% brighter than a regular full moon. you said your dad is really into astrono astrono astrono
up in the u.s. milk supply. exactly how much? is it completely safe? we take you inside the laboratory to see for yourself. >>> tornado fury. violent twisters tossing everything in their path, even striking the space center in florida. >>> mega-wow. seven overjoyed coworkers claim that $319 million prize. and we find one of the colleagues who opted out of the ticket that day. what did he say to us? >>> and, coming home. the marine who watched the birth of his first child from the battlefield with us finally gets to hold her tiny hand, right here, tonight. >>> good evening. we begin with america's milk, and that radiation from japan. all day, we have heard the reassurances that the radiation now being found in some of the u.s. milk supply is minimal and poses no risk. so, we spent this day answering some serious questions. since the radiation in some form has been found in 20 states, exactly how much has been linked to the milk and how the are experts sure that it is safe? abc's abbie boudreau is at a lab in california tonight. abbie? >> reporter: diane, with radiation st
a table by the window. >>> so, do you need a job? forbes released the list of the top u.s. cities who need work. baltimore is number 8. salt lake city was in third and austin, texas was next. you have >>> you also may want to work on your credit score. there are more reports of job seekers denied work because of credit scores. in response to the situations, the maryland lawmakers are looking to limit the ability of businesses to run credit checks. >>> well, at&t strikes a big deal with t-mobile. they'll buy t-mobile for close to $40 billion. it will be the largest company in the u.s.. it would serve 43% of america's cell phones. for t-mobile customers it doesn't change anything. this could probably take about a year. >>> well firework you want -- well, if you want a quality education without spending all of your crash, you don't have to go for. howard county community college is a good bet for you. according to money magazine's article, it's affordable. it's where people are sending their children and saving thousands. >>> well, facebook is a lifeline for one student. how he used the socia
the middle east today, as the u.s. says moammar gadhafi must go. >>> protest nation. wisconsin's two-week sit-in reaches a turning point. while riot police are called to a campus in california. >>> and reaction, letting in after a star athlete is kicked off his team for having premarital sex. >>> and good morning, everyone. i'm mike marusarz, in for rob nelson. >> and i'm peggy bunker. it's a critical day in libya, as protesters are now being urged to demonstrate their anger. that turnout could show whether moammar gadhafi still has control. >> and president obama has a tough, new message for the libyan leader. emily schmidt has the details from washington. emily? >> reporter: mike and peggy, good morning to you. president obama says there's a danger of a stalemate in libya that could turn bloody. so, for the first time, he is officially saying how the u.s. weighs in. there are reports of new libyan government air strikes on rebel forces trying to get reinforcements on the ground. now, the rebels are getting verbal reinforcements from washington. for the first time, president obama has public
news. >>> and the radiation fears here in the u.s. should you rush to protect yourself from nuclear fallout? >>> good morning. we begin with breaking developments in japan's deepening nuclear crisis. a new fire at the troubled plant. >> workers frantically trying to cool down one of those crippled reactors were forced to leave, after a dangerous surge in radiation, stopping efforts to cool down the reactors. >> and on top of this, nerves were furthered rattled when a 6.0 aftershock hit the area. cameras captured the shaky images as the quake rumbled through. >> on top of all that, freezing temperatures and heavy snow are making it even more miserable, for 500,000 people made homeless in the northern part of the country. >>> right now, we're going to go to emily schmidt in washington. emily? >> reporter: today, more problems at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant, meant the last line of defense there grew even thinner. >> the worst-case scenarios are starting to unfold. >> reporter: there was a second fire at the fourth unit. a few hours later, smoke rose from the number three
j?j?j?j?j?j?j?j?j?j?j?j?j?j?j?j? >>> making news in america this morning -- >> the u.s. gets ready to hand off the mission in libya, after president obama makes his case to the nation, that military intervention was necessary. >>> from california, a sliding hillside puts homes in danger. families told to get out before their houses tumbled down. >>> and the drastic measures taken by one teen who wanted a new car. wait until you hear what she did to get it. >>> and good morning, everyone. thanks for being with us today. president obama takes his case for military action against libya on the road today. it will be part of a major speech that mr. obama gives later today. >> right here in new york. >> and last night, the president spoke to the nation to defend his choices and also to announce that nato will take over the lead role tomorrow. emily schmidt is joining us from washington with all the details. good morning, emily. >> reporter: peggy and rob, good morning to you. before president obama used the word libya last night, he said the words international effort. and he said the wo
americans get out of the country. the u.s. is recommending that citizens not stay during the nuke clear crisis. elevated -- nuclear crisis. elevated levels of raiding ahas been detected and sign tests say it's possible the plume could move over alaska and west coast of the united states late tomorrow afternoon. doctors say the radiation levels will be minimal. >>> a young howard county woman is trying to get home from japan this morning. danielle jacobs is a student at towson university and spending her senior year as part of an exchange program. she was in class at tokyo international university when the earthquake hit. to beingo was few hundred miles from the epicenter and there are concerns of radiation leaking from the fukushima nuclear power plant. >> i am scared, but most of me is really stressed and hopefully nothing else happens and i can get to the airport okay. >> i know this's other people suffering worse than she is. don't get me wrong, but i need to get my daughter home. >> under the circumstances, dan yl's host family in tokyo can't spare the gas to -- danielle's host fami
of a damaged nuclear reactor to stay inside. that is the same advice the u.s. government is giving to americans in japan. meanwhile, other countries are telling their citizens to leave tokyo because of the radiation concerns. >>> as the crisis in japan goes on it was the nuclear component that could potentially do the worst damage. ening -- engineers trying to head off meltdowns. many people have already been evacuated in fears of radiation contamination. experts say it can lead to cancer. how bad people are affected depends on how close they are to the radiation source, how much radiation they were exposed to and how long that exposure lasted. >>> a westminster woman is charged with giving a fake bomb report. maryland state police say 30-year-old serinna jones called the carroll county emergency operations center monday saying there was a bomb in westminster at the courthouse. that call led authorities to evacuate buildings and shut down nearby roads. she was arrested hours later. >>> weatherwise, we've seen clouds thickening up across the state today and radar beginning to show up on maryl
. what more the u.s. could do to help in that ongoing fight. >>> and it's time to head home for one dancing with the stars contesting. we will -- contestant. we will tell you the first celebrity to get the boot but first the latest business news from new york. >> reporter: good morning. we begin your money scope report with home prices nearing new lows. a report finds that prices fell 3% in january in the 20 biggestcities of the nation. many expect the prices to fall father below the lows set two years ago during the recession. the supreme court appears to be leaning towards rejecting a sex discrimination class action lawsuit against wal-mart. justice implied the suit was unfair to the retailer and the women suing the company. part shortages are spreading among japanese automakers. toyota told u.s. dealers on tuesday to stop ordering more than 200 replacement parts. honda says the growing production at u.s. assembly plants to conserve their parts. the tallest hotel opened on tuesday in hong kong. the ritz-carlton occupies the top floors. that's the money report. thanks for watching.
nations estimates more than 1,000 people have died. libya's oil chief says production is cut in half. u.s. consumers are feeling the pinch. food prices in january rose the fastest they have since 2008. oil topped 100 dollars a barrel yesterday. gas is up 20 cents a gallon just this week alone. >> it's killing us. we don't go anywhere but work and home. >> we could see gasoline between 4 and $5 a gallon by memorial day, maybe sooner. >> in washington, federal reserve chairman bernanke says through tough economic recovery it is speeding up higher oil prices could be a huge threat. >>> most of the south continues dealing with the after effects of torrential downpours, one state is dealing with wild fires. >>> we will head down to florida where the fires burn house of acres. >>> and parts of one make city shut down after falling ice from the frigid weather results in multiple injuries. details coming up when "good morning maryland" returns. [ male announcer ] this is charlie whose morning flight to london starts with arthritis pain... and a choice. take tylenol now, and maybe up to 8 in a day
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